Nedungalanathar Temple, Thirunedunkulam, Trichy

Nedungalanathar Temple, Thirunedunkulam, Trichy

Date built:
Deity: Nedungalanathar
Architectural style: Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Locale: Thirunedunkulam
District:: Trichy
Address: Thiru Nedungala Nathar (Nitya Sundareswarar Temple),
Thirunedungalam – 620 015,Trichy District
Phone +91 431 252 0126 / 2510241
 Nedungalanathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thirunedunkulam in the Trichy District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Nedungalanathar / Nithya Sundareshwarar. Mother is called as Oppila Nayaki / Mangalambikai. This temple is spread over 2 acres and is a Chola period temple. It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, a group of Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Thevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Tirugnanasambandar. This temple is 125th Devaram Padal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 8th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery of Chozha Nadu.

Temple Opening Time

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Festivals

Monthly Pradoshas (thirteenth day of new moon or full moon days) are devotionally observed in the temple. Special pujas are dedicated to four Saivite Saints, Gnanasambandhar, Thirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manicka Vasagar (praised as Naalvar-Four) on their respective birth star days. On Aadi Fridays in July-August special pujas are performed. It is noteworthy that Surya Puja is devotionally performed in the temple from Aadi 7 to 12 – July-August.

Prayers

Devotees pray for wedding and child boon and for excellence in education. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother offering Vastras-clothing. Worshipping the Lord here for 8 Fridays continuously with lighting ghee lamp brings attraction to face. It also brings one fascinating features. Worshipping Mother continuously for nine Tuesdays during Ragu Kaalam lighting ghee lamp in lemon along with nine lemon fruits relieves one of impediments, diseases and poverty according to popular belief. Worshipping the Ayyanar here with ghee lamp of Panguni Uthiram brings one prospects for constructing a house. Yoga Dhakshinamoorthy here offers knowledge and intellect if offered worship with ghee lamp on Thursdays for 5 weeks continuously.

Devotees pray for wedding and child boon and for excellence in education. Devotees perform special abishek to Lord and Mother offering Vastras-clothing. Worshipping the Lord here for 8 Fridays continuously with lighting ghee lamp brings attraction to face. It also brings one fascinating features. Worshipping Mother continuously for nine Tuesdays during Ragu Kaalam lighting ghee lamp in lemon along with nine lemon fruits relieves one of impediments, diseases and poverty according to popular belief. Worshipping the Ayyanar here with ghee lamp of Panguni Uthiram brings one prospects for constructing a house. Yoga Dhakshinamoorthy here offers knowledge and intellect if offered worship with ghee lamp on Thursdays for 5 weeks continuously.

Architecture

Legend / Local stories

Artha Nareeshwarar:

Devotees know that Lord Shiva is praised as Artha Nareeshwarar as he had parted his left part with Mother Parvathi. While Lord Shiva is seen occupying the central space in the sanctum sanctorum in temples, He is on a siding to the right leaving the left for Mother Ambica. Though the sanctum has only a Shiva Linga, it is the belief that Mother too is in – formless.

Utsavar without right thumb:

It is noteworthy that procession deity Lord Somaskanda does not have his right thumb. It is said that an angry king cut it when he deposed as a witness in disguise to protect a devotee, according to puranas.

Tiru Nedungalam:

Tiru Nedungalam in Tamil means a vast place in plains.

Mother Parvathi performed penance here:

Mother Parvathi performed penance in this place and Shiva came in the form of a thief. Parvathi was frightened and hid herself in a garden of Thazhai plants at a place called Olimadhi cholai. Later Shiva took Parvathi to Kailash.

People worshipped Lord Shiva here:

Sage Agasthiar, Vandhiya Chola and Mother Parvathi worshipped Lord Shiva here.

Nithya Sundareswarar:

The Lord here is called ‘Nithya Sundareswarar’ as he appeared to Vandhiya Chola king in his celestial beauty.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 11 Kms from Thiruverumbur, 22 Kms from Trichy, 29 Kms from Woraiyur, 27 Kms from Srirangam, 25 Kms from Thiruvanaikoil, 4 Kms from Thuvakudi, 33 Kms from Samayapuram, 39 Kms from Lalgudi and 45 Kms from Thanjavur.

By Road:

The Temple is located on Trichy to Thanjavur Road. Devotees must get down at Thuvakudi Bus Stop (18 Kms from Trichy), The Temple is 4 Kms away from this Bus Stop. Share Autos are also available from this place to reach the Temple. Direct town bus service to Nedungalam is available from Trichy Chathiram bus stand. Trichy to Mangavanam town bus from Trichy bus stand passes through this temple. Frequency is very limited. From Chatram bus stand buses available up to Vazhavanthan Kottai, from there it will be about 2 km (after Thuvakudi). Frequency is very limited. The Temple is located at about 26 Kms from Trichy Central Bus Stand and 27 Kms from Chatiram Bus Station.

By Train:

Nearest Railway Stations are located at Trichy (25 Kms), Thiruverumbur (13 Kms) and Thanjavur (65 Kms).

By Air:

Nearest Airport is Trichy International Airport located at about 26 Kms from the Temple.

Contact Details

Thiru Nedungala Nathar (Nitya Sundareswarar Temple),
Thirunedungalam – 620 015,
Trichy District
Phone: +91 431 252 0126 / 2510241
Mobile: +91 9965045666